MUSIC BOX: Ten years of Targhee Fest

By on July 15, 2014
Hard Working Americans

Hard Working Americans

For its eclecticism, access to National Forest activities, family-friendly vibe, and overall intimate environment in which to experience some of the top touring acts in the world, Targhee Fest is arguably the most anticipated regional festival of the summer.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Targhee Fest will deliver a spectacular lineup this weekend. The three-day event kicks off on Friday with local folk/soul duo Benyaro. New Orleans blues-rock supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood, which includes soul singer/percussionist Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Mike Zito, Yonrico Scott and bassist Charlie Wooton follow them. The Wood Brothers trio continues the blues-rock vibe before handing the stage over to masterful guitar legend Buddy Guy, now 78 years young! The Trap Bar late show on Friday will feature Americana-rockers Jeff Crosby and The Refugees ($5).

If you were only to catch one day of the fest, I’d be partial to Saturday for its six-act stack of varying bands. Seven- and eight-string guitarist Charlie Hunter will appear with longtime collaborator and drummer Scott Amendola. Over the next four months, the duo is releasing four five-track EPs, each focusing on the music of a particular artist such as Cole Porter and Hank Williams. Cult alt-country artist Robert Earl Keen will be followed by Americana songstress Amy Helm (daughter of The Band’s Levon Helm) and the Handsome Strangers.

Also Saturday will be another band of ace players from other successful groups, The Hard Working Americans are a roots-rock and country cover band featuring witty frontman Todd Snider, Dave Schools (of Widespread Panic), guitarist Neal Casal (of Ryan Adams & the Cardinals), keyboardist Chad Staehly, and drummer Duane Trucks. The much-anticipated Chris Robinson Brotherhood, which also includes Casal, will ramp up the evening with material from their three studio albums before headliner Big Head Todd and the Monsters close the day. The Trap Bar late show on Saturday will feature rock band Musketeer Gripweed ($10).

As for the four bands on Sunday, you may remember seven-piece powerhouse soul band Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds from JacksonHoleLive a few years ago. They will kick off the day and will be followed by the familiar faces of Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, a band that music connoisseurs have seen develop into an infectious unit over the last few years. The third supergroup of the weekend, Trigger Hippy, is fronted by singer Joan Osborne and also includes Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman and multitasker Jackie Greene. The monster of monster bands these days, 10-piece closer Tedeschi Trucks Band, is a phenomenal experience in terms of big band dynamic soul-rock. There’s no better husband-and-wife combination when it comes to the grit of Susan Tedeschi and slide virtuoso Derek Trucks. The Trap Bar late show on Sunday will feature the Americana roots-rock The Hooligans (free).

10th Annual Targhee Fest, Friday through Sunday at Grand Targhee Resort. $55 to $65 daily; $159 to $175 three-day. for full schedule and ticketing.

Paper Bird

Paper Bird

Lady’s night at Music on Main

Ever wonder what a cutesy, Baroque pop/indie-folk sextet might sound like? Down to earth, yet soulful a la a female triple play version of The Avett Brothers, Colorado’s Paper Bird can steal some hearts and warm them simultaneously. The group emphasizes a “no-leader” mentality, which translates into a good time vibe across six varied wordsmiths. Contemplate this line from their tune “Recirculation”:

“The streetlights are tall above my loneliness/But I’m not empty, it’s just a misplaced tenderness.”

The billing aptly features local female-fronted Maddy & the Groove Spots. Singer-songwriter/vocalist/keyboardist Madelaine German brings a sizzling, Motown-inspired foundation of jazz, soul, pop and funk with an ultra-talented band.

Music on Main: Paper Bird with Maddy & the Groove Spots, 6 p.m. on Thursday at Victor City Park. Free, all-ages.

About Aaron Davis

Aaron Davis is a decade-long writer of Music Box, a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, member of Screen Door Porch and Boondocks, founder/host of Songwriter’s Alley, and co-founder of The WYOmericana Caravan.

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